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Look after your heart during Covid-19 pandemic

by Jonathan Kearney

Knowsley residents are being urged to look after their heart health during the coronavirus pandemic.

Many people across the region are affected by conditions that increase the risk of heart attack and stroke such as atrial fibrillation, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.

A new COVID-19 section of the Cheshire & Merseyside Happy Hearts website has been launched to provide extra information about preventing cardiovascular disease during this time.

This includes easy-to read materials, helplines, news stories and videos.

Stay happy and healthy

Poor diet (including excess fat, sugar and salt), lack of physical activity, smoking, excess alcohol, obesity and stress can all increase risk of heart problems.

Staying happy and healthy reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke, so it is important to look after physical and mental health throughout the pandemic.

What to do

If you or a family member develop symptoms such as heavy or tight chest pain that may spread to your arms, neck or jaw, or make you breathless, sick, sweaty or light-headed and that doesn’t go away, this could be caused by a heart attack. Dial 999 immediately.

You can spot the symptoms of a stroke by using the FAST test:

  • Face – is the face drooping / fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is it slurred?
  • Time to call 999 if you see any of the above signs